Given the context of Ivel Valley, as an area special school, it remains vital that all children learn in the four prime areas in addition to the specific. These prime and specific areas can be found below. These Key Stages are crucial parts of a pupil’s preparation for adulthood and their development of further knowledge and learning skills.
Key Stage Two and Three lessons are based on a play and exploration approach to teaching. Teachers plan enabling activities with opportunities for children to make progression in each of the prime and specific areas. The Areas of Learning are delivered through half termly topics which rotate on a three year cycle.
We recognise that it is important for our pupils to have opportunities to put into practice skills which they are learning in the classroom. Visits to local community such as visiting local shops, cafes and leisure facilities enable these classroom learnt skills to be applied, generalised and embedded in real life situations. Through the engaging curriculum, we provide the children with safe and appropriate ways to begin to develop skills which will be invaluable for the future e.g. developing independence, resilience.
At Ivel Valley, we currently have 8 classes in Key Stage 2. There are 6 classes on the main site and 2 satellite classes based at Biggleswade Academy.
The curriculum is divided into eight Areas of Learning, which is then sub-divided into aspects.
Aspects of Learning and Development
The table below shows the individual aspects of each area of learning and development.
|Area of Learning and Development||Aspect|
|Personal, Social and Emotional Development||Making Relationships|
|Managing feelings & behaviour|
|Self-confidence & self-awareness|
|Physical knowledge and skills|
|Communication and Language||Listening and Attention|
Life and Living Skills
|Environment and Community|
|Health and Self-care|
|Reading – Understanding|
|Shape, space and measure|
|Understanding the World||People and Communities|
|Expressive Arts and Design||Being Imaginative|
|Exploring and Using Media & Materials|
The Areas of Learning are delivered through half termly topics which rotate on a three year cycle.
We use the following phonics scheme in Key Stage 2: